Review on Itihaas Indian Restaurant
Itihaas hit the ground running when it opened, and has been making headlines ever since: not content with picking up 'Newcomer of the Year' at the 2006 British Curry Awards, it recently scooped 'Restaurant of the Year' in the Cobra Good Curry Awards 2007.
It stands right in the heart of fashionably regenerated central Birmingham, overlooking the canal and next to the city's Science Museum. Inside, it oozes slick sophistication although the chic modernity (plate glass, slate-finished walls) is tempered by echoes of the past in the shape of antique Indian artefacts, colonnades and mighty 300-year-old doors leading to the private Tiffin Room.
The kitchen takes a broad view of the Sub-continent's cooking, pulling in influences from the northern regions and Mumbai, invoking the Mughal tradition and making detours into Indo-Chinese (hakka) cuisine. A long list of shurwaat (starters) covers a lot of ground, from dosas and papri chaat to masala mogo (spiced cassava root, a Kenyan delicacy), while main courses include hara bara gosht (slow-cooked lamb with cumin seeds and spinach) and murgh aur masala ki milan (a special invention involving three different chicken dishes on a traditional hot plate). Vegetarians are well served and thalis are a good way of sampling what the kitchen has to offer.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 3.00pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 11.30pm Mon-Sat (10.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express